Formed in 1993 in Stoke-On-Trent Reverse were a good old fashioned power pop punk rock four piece featuring:
Nick Sharratt, Bass/Vocals
Mick Flock, Guitar /Vocals
Dan Rowley, Guitar
Dave Smith on Drums
They did three singles for us following on from their debut split single with Exit Condition. Their first DG release Stem The Slide (damgood 76) got single of the week in Kerrang!
November 2009 sees the release of “Glance Sideways” on CD. This is a 23 track CD compilation bringing together all of REVERSE’s recordings including the three 7” singles we released back in 1995-6 ‘Stem The Slide’ (Which was ‘Single of the week’ in KERRANG! ‘Lock’ & ‘Stagnant’ plus their tracks from their debut split single plus 15 unreleased gems.
The CD contains a full history of the band written by lead singer Nick Sharratt plus loads of unseen photos, reviews and a full discography.
Reverse Jam formed in Barlaston near Stock in 1990, they dropped the ‘Jam’ shortly afterwards, their first proper gig was with the Venus Beads in 1991, lots of local shows followed and by the end of 1992 they had released their debut singles, a split with Exit Condition on Vitamin Z. They signed to Damaged Goods for three singles in 1995, they received some great press including SOTW in Kerrang and strong reviews in the NME plus loads of Radio 1 airplay nad very nearly signed to Mushroom records, which was scuppered when Rupert Murdoch brought the label in 1996, he wasn’t a fan!
They eventually split in 1997 after a final recording session with Frankie Stubbs from Leatherface, heard for the first time on this release.
Reverse started life as four mates who’s only aim was to learn Holiday in Cambodia by The Dead Kennedy’s and ended as four mates who’d had a Kerrang Single of the Week, three singles on the Radio One playlists & made many friends during their travels throughout the UK & Europe! Heres how it happened. Reverse began as Reverse Jam in 1990, named after a pair of particularly bad Reebok basketball boots which formed part of founding member Mick Flocks particularly bad glam rock outfit (dog tags, skin tight lace up jeans, afro-you get the picture!), after Dan Rowley & Nick Sharratt decided their previous band was even dodgier than all of the above!!. Skater mate Dave Smith from fellow Stokies Adversary was recruited as we needed someone who actually knew what he was doing (and he definately new what he was doing behing the kit). Barlaston Village Hall was booked for the debut gig and it was decided that we ought to write some songs-which we did-not classics by any means but it would beat having to tell jokes instead! Gig was played amongst much teenage drunkeness, a few broken windows, a ban from ever playing the prestigious venue again and a pretty terrible out of tune performance-but a lot of fun was had and we thought it was worth carrying on. That was it Jam was dropped and Reverse were born! The next couple of years were spent learning how to write songs and play in tune with a few gigs along the way. The highlight of this was our first proper gig with the band who were our biggest influence and who became great friends & a massive inspiration – Venus Beads at The Wheatsheaf in 1991. Many more followed, playing with local punk gods Exit Condition, Grandma Dynamite, Yardstick, Shutdown, Goober Patrol amongst many others. Around this time Reverse made their first tentative steps into recording! After a pretty dodgy first demo was recorded a second followed ‘Plan of Action’ (there wasn’t one!) which was slightly better and managed to secure more gigs and for the first time get them out of Stoke playing a gig in Kidderminster with Sofa Head